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The city of world heritage site, Agra showcases the exquisite Mughal architecture in its varied monuments and edifices. Set at a distance of four kilometers from Agra, Sikandra is another example of the majestic Mughal art. The construction of the monument was initiated by the mighty Mughal emperor Akbar but was completed by his son Jehangir. The monument hence, is the mausoleum of Akbar.
The tomb of Sikandra has three storey towers on the four corners. These minarets are built in red sandstone and the interiors of the tomb are built in marble giving it a very splendid appearance. The mausoleum is surrounded by lush beautiful garden built in the typical Mughal style with fountains and other water bodies making it one of the most preferred tourist spots in Agra.
Attractions in Sikandra: the varied sections of the monuments are great attractions in Sikandra for visitors on Agra tours. The blend of Hindu, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Jain architecture the monument is one of the most magnificent sights for those on an India tour.
Mausoleum of Akbar is a broad pavement which leads to the tomb and consists of five storeys. This is constructed in a truncated pyramid structure and the main tomb is built in a square design most beautifully making it one of the most visited tourist spots in Agra.
The ground floor of Sikandra is devoted to spacious cloisters which are divided by numerous bays by massive piers and arches. These bays measures 22 feet square each and the foyer of the ground floor is decked with exquisite carvings at the centre and the southern side. The tombstone occupies the centre of the room and the entire hall is decorated with beauteous paintings, geometric and floral designs on the wall. This floor is also the burial ground for the graves of Akbar’s daughters Shakrul Nisha Begum and Aram Bano.
The second storey contains extended verandahs which are composed of 23 bays. This floor showcases an abundant use of ornamental arch and square pillar.
The third and fourth storeys are comparatively smaller in size but are designed equally beautifully. These storeys have arrangement of identical arches which are supported by pillars.
The upper most storey is unlike the lower ones is built in complete white marble gives a stunning view.